October 10th marked the four year anniversary of Forró LP Gringo! Happy Birthday to Blog! I was going to put together something special to celebrate this, but alas time has been short this fall.
That said, this particular LP by Caxanga (also spelled Caxangá), O Maior Repentista Do Brasil, has not been widely shared and has some magnificent tunes. The album has the same title of an earlier 1967 LP of his work on the Bemol label, but the albums are entirely different aside from the title. The 1976 LP definitely qualifies as special. Oscar Martins production is stunning, rivaling some of the best work of Abdias and Pedro Sertanejo from this period. In fact, I can't name a better album from 1976 in the entire genre of forró. I could not find much biographical information about Caxanga. It seems that he began his career in the early 1960s. On forroemvinil, there are some touching comments from friends and family commenting below the 1967 LP.
Caxanga - Desafio De Cantador (côco) - from O Maior Repentista Do Brasil - Discos Chororó (1976)
Caxanga - Eu Sou Ferreiro (embolada) - from O Maior Repentista Do Brasil - Discos Chororó (1976)
|Caxanga - O Maior Repentista Do Brasil - Discos Chororó (1976)|